From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Lola Tries to Shake Me Down
Heading towards the guardhouse of "The Orchard Subdivision" this past Friday when I spied an elderly, well-dressed lola (grandma) approaching me down the street. I was in the area checking on a possible site for our new home in the Philippines which we plan to build in less than two years from now. I also had heard this part of the Savannah Subdivision in Iloilo had water service 24/7 unlike the home we currently rent.
"Good morning," I loudly greeted the elderly Filipina.
"Please give me some money" she replied with an outstretched hand.
"Wala! (None)," I responded. (I left my wallet at home. I was out walking around and taking pictures, not expecting I would be approached by a panhandler.)
This is the general area that I encountered lola. I doubt that she was a worker, unless she was on a trip to the market, and I do not believe someone that lived in these upper middle-class homes would be asking for money. But what do I know? Maybe the grandma needed money for their mortgage?
I finally reached the main guardhouse that leads out to the entrance of the development. I spoke to the guard for a few minutes and headed back home. It was getting hot and I wanted to return home and sit in front of my fan and cool off.
Met a couple of guys that were working concrete like my brother-in-law and crew did back in Guimaras when they built our new CR, Comfort Room, a few years back. The worker in the background is the one that shovels in concrete to the laborer you see seated.
Nobody was operating this machinery and all throughout my visit through the various construction sites in The Orchard Subdivision, I did not see any of these in use (I had spotted three altogether that day.)
Now you've probably guessed by now that the lead photo for this post isn't your typical lola found in the Philippines. When I searched in Google Images using the phrase "lola Philippines," I came up with this image of a well-endowed blonde from ebay who isn't even Filipina. This "lola" was modeling a Unena Sexy White la LOLA Tankini Shelf Bra Bikini. Good enough for me. I went with this picture.
And in full disclosure, if the lola I had encountered looked anything like this blonde bombshell, I would have ran back home and gotten my wallet and given her a few pesos to help her out. Just like about 99.99% of you guys reading this would have done, too, I imagine.